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Carolina has 20-shot adavantage

2/12/2004

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Craig Adams and Jason Doig exchanged
punches on the ice, then went to the penalty box and yelled at each
other through the glass.

In a game between the worst teams in the Southeast Division, the
Carolina Hurricanes and the Washington Capitals made sure everyone
got their money's worth Thursday night.

Pavel Brendl scored late in the third period to lift the
Hurricanes into a 3-3 tie in a game marked by hard hits, numerous
penalties, ejections and several on-ice tussles.

"It's obvious that there's a strong dislike for each other,"
Carolina's Sean Hill said. "That can make for exciting games, I
guess."

Hill and Marty Murray each scored for the Hurricanes, who are
0-5-2 in their last seven home games. Kevin Weekes had 18 saves for
Carolina, which outshot Washington 41-21.

Jeff Halpern had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who had
won the previous four meetings this season. Anson Carter and Mike
Grier each added goals, while Olaf Kolzig had 38 saves.

The teams combined for 25 penalties, 17 coming in the second
period. Washington's Darcy Verot and Carolina's Bruno St. Jacques
received game misconduct penalties for their part in the Adams-Doig
fight at 4:45 of the second period.

"These games are intense, they're emotional," Carter said.
"There's a lot of 1-on-1 battles in there that are being
hard-fought by both teams."

Carolina hasn't beaten Washington since taking a 3-1 win on Feb.
14, 2003. The Capitals had won five straight meetings since,
including four this season by a combined score of 18-6.

The Hurricanes seemed particularly focused Thursday on Doig, who
was suspended two games for kneeing Kevyn Adams during the
Capitals' 5-3 win on Jan. 29. Adams' left knee was injured and he
has been placed on injured reserve.

The Capitals' defenseman was involved in several scraps and was
whistled for three penalties and a five-minute major for the fight
with Craig Adams.

Carter put the Capitals ahead 3-2 with a power-play goal.
Standing in front of the crease, Halpern flipped the puck back to
Carter on the left goal line while battling for position.

Carter beat Weekes, who had come out when the puck was in front
of net, at 8:03 of the third.

Brendl answered with his fourth goal of the season, grabbing a
rebound off a shot from Eric Staal and putting it in at 14:57.

Both goaltenders came up with big saves late in the game and in
overtime to preserve the tie.

"We had lots of possession time, lots of Grade-A scoring
opportunities and no results," Carolina coach Peter Laviolette
said. "It's frustrating."

Carolina dominated the second period and took a 2-1 lead on
Hill's straightaway shot on the power play. The Hurricanes swarmed
around the net, outshooting the Capitals 16-3, and would have led
by more if not for Kolzig.

The netminder turned away close shots by Jeff O'Neill, Justin
Williams and Niclas Wallin in the period to keep Washington in it.

The Capitals tied it when a shot by Peter Bondra bounced off the
skate of Halpern, ricocheted off Weekes and went in the net.
Halpern was credited with the power-play goal at 16:59 of the
period.

"Obviously when you have a lead late in a hockey game on the
road, you'd definitely like to shut the team down," Kolzig said.
"We didn't play our best in the second period and I thought we
came out a lot better in the third."

Game notes
Robert Lang's assist on Carter's goal extended his point
streak, giving him seven points in the last six games. ... Hill
extended his point streak to four games. ... Carolina is 2-7-2 at
home in 2004. ... Washington is 20-6-7-1 against the Hurricanes
dating back to the 1997-98 season.